Mahina

Date: Friday 20 September 2019 to Saturday 28 September 2019
Cost: Free.
Contact details: events.natlib@dia.govt.nz

A pop-up exhibition showcasing posters, designed by students of Wellington’s Youbee School of Design as part of our inaugural Tapu Festival, the first season of which is Mahina.

Celebrating the signing of the Suffrage Petition

Come and see our pop-up exhibition of posters, designed by students of Wellington’s Youbee School of Design as part of the National Library’s inaugural Tapu Festival, the first season of which is Mahina

The festival marks the anniversary of the signing of the Suffrage Petition, which is housed in the He Tohu exhibition at the Library. The Petition represents the hopes and dreams of New Zealand women who campaigned vigorously for the right to vote and to have a voice in our Nation’s future.

Acknowledging the women who campaigned for the right to vote

Tapu is a way for us to acknowledge these women, the progress we have made and highlight those issues where progress is still needed.

Tapu is sacred and Mahina is the moon. For this first festival we have focused on Te Awa Atua — the menstrual cycle as means of highlighting issues related to — body image, body identity, menstruation and menopause — and why there is still shame and confusion around them.

Student's brief and inspiration for posters

The students have responded to this brief and to some keywords provided for inspiration: Divine, mystery, sacred, curious, discovery, power, celebration, beauty, shame, proud, uplifting, joyful, knowledge…

Mahina also features a new work by artist Robyn Kahukiwa, commissioned to complement the student’s contribution to the Tapu Festival.

More information about the Tapu festival

Shapes of nature, every body is a gift. Pencil drawing of women and flowers.
Poster by Sharne Teh design student at Yoobee Colleges. All rights reserved.